Dubliner Johnny McGee has taken Wicklow through a most disappointing campaign in the NFL but as he headed into this final match he was still hoping to end on a winning note.
It was not to be. While Wicklow led by 0-5 to 0-4 at half-time and had extended that to a three-point lead at the three-quarter stage, the exiles struck with late goals from Martin Carroll and Alan O’Hara to snatch a deserved victory, O’Hara’s winner capping a man-of-the-match display.
A O’Hara (1-3); M Carroll (1-0); S Conroy (0-2f); L Mulvey (0-1f); M Gottsche (0-1f); P McGoldrick (0-1).
J McGrath (0-6, 0-5f, 0-1 ‘45); P Cronin (0-2); A. McLoughlin, C Kelly, D Healy, M. Mangan (0-1 each).
D. Traynor, P. Butler, P. Galvin, M. Walsh, D. McGreevy, C. Carty, D. McCarthy, C. Greene, M. Carroll, S. Conroy, M. Gottsche, B. Smith, A O’Hara, L. Mulvey, P. McGoldrick.
J. Finn for S. Conroy (30), A. Moyles for P. McGoldrick (41), B. Kavanagh for D. Traynor (51), S. Devine for P. Butler (B/C 69), S. Buckley for B. Smith (60).
A. Murphy, P. Cunningham, A. McLoughlin, B. Kennedy, C. Murphy, P. McLoughlin, K. Murphy, D. Woods, D. Healy, M. Kenny, S. Kelly, D. Hayden, P. Cronin, T. Kelly, J. McGrath.
R. O’Brien for D. Woods (30), P. McWalter for M. Kenny (36), P. Byrne for T. Kelly (50), M Mangan for K. Murphy (52), C French for D. Hayden (60), K Rogers for C. Murphy (67).
G. McCormack (Dublin)